Violence and Malnutrition (02:06)
Over five million people have perished in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1999. Honorata Kizende describes how women are raped while people cheer and laugh. Estimates of the number of victims vary. (Credits)
History of the Conflict (02:06)
Women who resisted being raped were killed and thrown in a mass grave. After the Rwandan genocide, the conflict began in Eastern Congo. Colonel Mutebutsi and General Nkunda fought at Bukavu.
Victim of Atrocities: Honorata Kizende (03:31)
Kizende was abducted by the Hutu Militia in 2001 and held captive for 18-months After escaping, she got caught in the Mutebutsi rebellion in Bukavu and was raped again. Panzi Hospital helps victims of sexual abuse.
Victim of Atrocities: Tumani (04:39)
The commander of the Partisans of Jesus abducted the seventeen-year-old girl and raped her up to ten times a day. During childbirth, her captors performed a C-section, destroying her genitals; fistulas erupted. The majority of women who have been raped are rejected by their communities.
Hopes for Peace (03:38)
Dissident rebel groups, the army, and militias signed a ceasefire agreement at the conference of Goma. Faustin Muhonda denies responsibility for systematic rape. Ignace Murwanashyaka claims the rapes are exaggerated.
Justice for Victims? (05:05)
An earthquake strikes Bukavu and Kinshasa ministers pay respects to victims at Panzi Hospital; they stay away from the raped women. Denis Kalume Numbi believes that abusers must be prosecuted. Of the 17,000 reported rapes, only 70 men have been sentenced to prison.
Credits: Democratic Republic of Congo: Find a Word for It (00:16)
Credits: Democratic Republic of Congo: Find a Word for It
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